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  • Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices launched

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    Office 365 Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team shipped the new open source repository today to GitHub.com/OfficeDev. This marks the transition from the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS) project, which was an internal Microsoft initiative, to a broader open source community vision. Background The Office AMS team shipped three main releases in the last year that focused on common customer scenarios. Many existing SharePoint developers were extremely familiar with how to build these scenarios with SharePoint Full Trust Code solutions and Office VSTO/COM add-ins, but didn’t know…
  • Microsoft delivers new OneNote features for iOS, Mac users

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    29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    Microsoft is rolling out new OneNote features for iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as first steps on the promised support for OneDrive for Business for Macs.
  • Passwords in IE11

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    ieblog
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Today’s Web relies on passwords as a form of authentication, which means people have to log into a variety of different services every day. Not only is typing passwords on touch devices cumbersome, but people are creating weak passwords and using the same password for every site, making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Having a secure, reliable password manager is the best method for encouraging people to create strong, unique passwords for every site.    With Internet Explorer 11, we’ve done work to make signing into sites faster and more reliable as well as give users more…
  • Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

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    29 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS's first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview ...
  • Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

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    ieblog
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners and has been enabled in IE as an early implementation. If any of you are attending the…
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  • Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices launched

    Office 365 Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices team shipped the new open source repository today to GitHub.com/OfficeDev. This marks the transition from the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS) project, which was an internal Microsoft initiative, to a broader open source community vision. Background The Office AMS team shipped three main releases in the last year that focused on common customer scenarios. Many existing SharePoint developers were extremely familiar with how to build these scenarios with SharePoint Full Trust Code solutions and Office VSTO/COM add-ins, but didn’t know…
  • OneNote for Mac and iOS get dressed for business and school

    OneNote Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone. Building on our recent updates in May, these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at work or school. Addressing customers top requests, we added several new features in this release including the ability to: Access your work or school notebooks on your Mac stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online (on Office 365). Open and insert files, including PDF files, into your notebook pages. View your password protected sections.
  • New Office 365 admin tools

    Office 365 Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Lawrence Chiu is a senior product marketing manager for the admin experience on Office 365. On our journey in simplifying the Office 365 admin experience, we’ve introduced new features over the past few months. These include: streamlining commonly used administrative tasks, proactive DNS records checks and more detailed reports  and continuous enhancements to Message Center so that you can stay up to date with Office 365 service communications. Today, we’re providing Office 365 admins with more ways to stay informed with Office 365 service communications. You can now receive Office 365…
  • Introduction to Office 365 Development: attend this Live webinar Q&A event August 8

    Office 365 Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    On August 8, 2014, Microsoft Virtual Academy site will host a series of sessions introducing Office 365 development. During each live session, the Office 365 Developer Platform engineering team and technical product managers will answer your questions in a live Q&A chat. Register now for this live event. The Introduction to Office 365 Development course includes these sessions: Overview of Office 365 development This session will introduce you to the Office 365 development platform. It covers the two main approaches to developing: using the App Model to make your customizations appear in…
  • Webinar: Busting myths about Office 365 and your small business

    Doug Thomas
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    The webinar is over. Check back in a few days to watch or share the video. Is Office 365 Small Business just an online version of Office? Why do I want to store stuff in the cloud? Can I share docs with those outside the business? Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help small businesses like yours and answer your questions. At Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll learn How to think about cloud storage Get a rundown of features your business can get right now Learn how to sign in and share docs Tour the Office 365 setup center References for this webinar Small Business setup…
 
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  • Microsoft's latest Windows Phone update expands Cortana to more countries

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:38 pm
    More than three months after the first builds of Windows Phone 8.1 hit the scene, Microsoft is ready to tick more features off the to-do list with the OS's first refresh. Known aptly as Update 1, the download will be available as a developer preview ...
  • Microsoft Aspirations in China Meet Perilous Climate

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) joins a growing list of companies relying on growth in China yet crashing against the reality of a market still prone to protectionism, unpredictable laws and unreliable suppliers. Just this month, Chinese regulators opened an anti ...
  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China Sept 23

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on September 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year.
  • Microsoft gets smart to the 'dual user' -- and to reality

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    In the six months since Satya Nadella has taken the reins from previous CEO Steve Ballmer, we have seen Microsoft state its vision: mobile-first, cloud-first. This vision is an adjustment from the earlier, Ballmer-driven concept of Microsoft focusing on ...
  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1. Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of ...
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  • Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

    ieblog
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners and has been enabled in IE as an early implementation. If any of you are attending the…
  • July 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

    ieblog
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-037 - Critical This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user…
  • Vertical writing mode improvements in IE11

    ieblog
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Internet Explorer 11 June 2014 update improves and advances vertical writing mode layout. This enables features such as constant center baseline and ruby positioning preserving line height. Together, those improvements enable rich, interactive textbooks and publications for locales supporting vertical writing mode, such as Japanese locale. To get hands on experience and see the improvements please try the Vertical Writing Mode Improvements Test Drive: Center baseline allows characters and glyphs to stay correctly aligned, even when they have additional ruby characters that are positioned…
  • Passwords in IE11

    ieblog
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Today’s Web relies on passwords as a form of authentication, which means people have to log into a variety of different services every day. Not only is typing passwords on touch devices cumbersome, but people are creating weak passwords and using the same password for every site, making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Having a secure, reliable password manager is the best method for encouraging people to create strong, unique passwords for every site.    With Internet Explorer 11, we’ve done work to make signing into sites faster and more reliable as well as give users more…
  • Announcing Internet Explorer Developer Channel

    ieblog
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Summary: Go get the new Internet Explorer Developer Channel at devchannel.modern.IE! Just a few weeks ago, we talked about creating a more open dialog between the IE team and the Web development community. Today we’re excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we’re working on. The Developer Channel is available for download today for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 customers running Internet Explorer 11. IE Developer Channel…
 
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  • How to save Facebook Posts, Links and Videos to Read Later

    Vijay
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    Facebook is a fantastic platform; you have so much of interesting information and content shared by your friends flowing on your News-Feed. Sometime you may want to archive it for your future reading or references. In such situations, we always saved the same on the browser bookmarks or used Evernote or Pocket, if you were toggling between different computers or devices. Well, you don’t need to do it anymore. Facebook has just launched a new feature called “Save,” which lets users save links, places, music, movies, TV shows, places and music for later viewing. Only you…
  • Foursquare to be the new Local Search; Swarm for Check-ins

    Vijay
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Few hours ago, Foursquare just sent an email to their power-users on their application road-maps and how check-ins are going to change. With so many of us using this application for check-ins and writing reviews, pictures etc, we knew that this was coming. Foursquare just announced that, their primary application will be the all ‘new Local Search’ with loads of information around you. Yes, you guessed right, with all the information we posted in the past 4 years. With this all new app, they have changed their logo as well. Its changing from the check-in checkmark to something…
  • Planning to buy a Xiaomi MI3? This Short Review might help you!

    Vijay
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Welcome to this review of the Xiaomi MI3. Before I get to the device, let me start you a quick overview on this company. They have a philosophy of selling devices directly to customers; that helps them manage to keep the prices competitive. Xiaomi was founded in 2010 and they have reached great heights in just 4 years. They’ve brought together some real smart people from Microsoft, Google, Motorola Yahoo and other big players in the industry with a focus of making great stuffs at affordable prices. Mi 3 is Xiaomi’s highest performing smartphone and has been in news for a while…
  • Gionee Elife S5.5 gets the Latest Android KitKat upgrade over OTA

    Vijay
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Gionee Smartphones announced the much awaited update for Gionee ELife S5.5, the Android KitKat 4.4.2. The Over-The-Air software update for Gionee ELife S5.5 will allow its users to download and install the new software with ease. The new Android KitKat version is a big development for Gionee and will offer simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use the device with a host of new features for seamless user facilities. The ELife S5.5 is set for a revamp in terms of its user interface, applications and layout.   With the new user interface design there will be enhanced features like an…
  • 8 things to expect from Google IO 2014 as Announcements

    Vijay
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Google IO is an annual conference conducted by Google to unveil different technology innovations and products which they have been working on. Google IO is just few hours away from now. Google was traditionally focussed on Consumer technologies; However, in the recent years, they have definitely made some good steps towards Enterprise Tech with Cloud, Chrome etc. If you are keen to watch the Keynote Live, you can check this link (June 25th, 9:00 AM PDT). Update: Watch the Keynote here: Firstly, with Vic writing about his plans beyond Google, it would be interesting to see who would present…
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  • Cortana Asks Foursquare: What’s Cool in the Neighborhood

    tedroduner
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today, people in the US with phones running Windows Phone 8.1 will have a new way to experience Foursquare recommendations.  Now, based on your location, Cortana will proactively showcase local recommendations from Foursquare on the Cortana home screen, along with your other interests. [To turn on the feature, pull up Cortana’s notebook go to Interests, look for “best nearby” and then toggle to ON] Cortana talks on your behalf to the Foursquare service in the cloud and gets the best recommendations for your location and time of day.  If your interest is piqued by a particular…
  • Bing Site Safety Page

    igorrondel
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Malware, and the possibility of infection, is an unfortunate reality facing internet users today. At Bing, we take our job of providing a safe searching experience to our customers very seriously and this anti-malware effort is one of the core elements of the Bing Index Quality charter. We’ve been in this game for many years and have developed comprehensive solutions that minimize user’s risk of infection and maintain the integrity of our index. Inevitably, we get many questions from Webmasters and Bing users about our malware detections and warnings as well as how to clean up and…
  • All You and Bing Host #BingIt to Discuss Money-Saving Tips

    tedroduner
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    From reward programs to traveling on a dime, most people have great saving techniques that help them stay on budget throughout the year. This Wednesday, Bing will partner with All You, America’s smart shopping brand from Time Inc., on a #BingIt to offer helpful tips and tricks on how to spend smart and save well. Additionally, All You is excited to invite you to submit to America’s Smartest Shopper Contest which aims to find and celebrate the most creative money-saving people out there. Whether you are a bargain-seeking fashionista, a jet-setting travel deal hunter, a DIY-project junkie,…
  • Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services Imagery Styling Improvements Now Live!

    Bing Maps Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today, we are pleased to announce the following rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible…READ MORE
  • Usability, Content and Calendars: 3 Areas To Understand And Focus On

    Duane Forrester
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    For every business online come an almost limitless number of areas to learn about, become proficient in and continually work on. Many people end up good in an area because repetition and the “school of hard knocks” teaches them a workable path. And while some areas are no brainers (knowing your product, for example), they still can present legitimate challenges to a business. Areas like Usability often get talked about, but are just as often overlooked, underfunded or skipped entirely for a lack of thorough understanding of the topic. Creating content is a hot topic these days, but the…
 
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  • Blogs : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Read or subscribe to IIS blogs. Bill Staple's blog and other Microsoft IIS team blogs.
  • Developer Tools Blogs - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    MSDN Blogs > Developer Tools Blogs. Server & Tools Blogs > Developer Tools Blogs. Executive Bloggers. S. Somasegar; Brian Harry; Steve Guggenheimer; Scott Guthrie ...
  • MSDN Blogs - MSDN Blogs

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Learn more about the MSDN Blog Platform at the MSDN Blogs - Help blog! Provide Site Feedback on MSDN Blogs. Check on the status of the MSDN blogs at MSDN and TechNet ...
  • Power BI - PowerBI - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    That was the question that has been on our minds for some time, and the Power BI team was up to the challenge. Thus, we decided to set up a Reddit AMA session , which ...
  • Big Data Support - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Team blog for the Big Data Support team at Microsoft. We support HDInsight which is Hadoop running on Windows Azure in the cloud, as well as other big data features.
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  • Cortana Asks Foursquare: What’s Cool in the Neighborhood

    tedroduner
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today, people in the US with phones running Windows Phone 8.1 will have a new way to experience Foursquare recommendations.  Now, based on your location, Cortana will proactively showcase local recommendations from Foursquare on the Cortana home screen, along with your other interests. [To turn on the feature, pull up Cortana’s notebook go to Interests, look for “best nearby” and then toggle to ON] Cortana talks on your behalf to the Foursquare service in the cloud and gets the best recommendations for your location and time of day.  If your interest is piqued by a particular…
  • Bing Site Safety Page

    igorrondel
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Malware, and the possibility of infection, is an unfortunate reality facing internet users today. At Bing, we take our job of providing a safe searching experience to our customers very seriously and this anti-malware effort is one of the core elements of the Bing Index Quality charter. We’ve been in this game for many years and have developed comprehensive solutions that minimize user’s risk of infection and maintain the integrity of our index. Inevitably, we get many questions from Webmasters and Bing users about our malware detections and warnings as well as how to clean up and…
  • All You and Bing Host #BingIt to Discuss Money-Saving Tips

    tedroduner
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    From reward programs to traveling on a dime, most people have great saving techniques that help them stay on budget throughout the year. This Wednesday, Bing will partner with All You, America’s smart shopping brand from Time Inc., on a #BingIt to offer helpful tips and tricks on how to spend smart and save well. Additionally, All You is excited to invite you to submit to America’s Smartest Shopper Contest which aims to find and celebrate the most creative money-saving people out there. Whether you are a bargain-seeking fashionista, a jet-setting travel deal hunter, a DIY-project junkie,…
  • Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services Imagery Styling Improvements Now Live!

    Bing Maps Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today, we are pleased to announce the following rendering and styling improvements to Bing Maps REST and SOAP Services imagery. We introduced a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The land color will now be lighter when zoomed out and get darker when zoomed in at higher levels of detail. Not only do these updates improve the overall aesthetic appeal of the maps, but they also help increase the contrast, making streets and other features more visible…READ MORE
  • Usability, Content and Calendars: 3 Areas To Understand And Focus On

    Duane Forrester
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    For every business online come an almost limitless number of areas to learn about, become proficient in and continually work on. Many people end up good in an area because repetition and the “school of hard knocks” teaches them a workable path. And while some areas are no brainers (knowing your product, for example), they still can present legitimate challenges to a business. Areas like Usability often get talked about, but are just as often overlooked, underfunded or skipped entirely for a lack of thorough understanding of the topic. Creating content is a hot topic these days, but the…
 
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  • Bing Translator Updated with Windows Phone 8.1 Support and Transparent Live Tile

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Microsoft continues to work on its applications and add support for the latest features offered by the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. The latest app to receive support for the new OS is Bing Translator for Windows Phone. Version 3.X promises to bring ...
  • Bada Bing! How 'The Sopranos' Sprang From 'The Rockford Files'

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Greg Antonacci and Gene Davis on The Rockford Files; Tony Sirico and Steven Van Zandt on The Sopranos (HBO/Everett … Turns out the late James Garner didn't just inspire a legion of devoted TV fans; he inspired one of the greatest shows in television ...
  • Bing Launches New Resource About Malware-Infected Sites

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    David Felstead, Principal Development Lead at Bing, announced a new feature that Bing has been working on to ensure its users are well protected. For some time Bing has been cautioning users when a search result could be potentially harmful. However ...
  • Bing Translator App Updated With WP8.1 support and transparent live tile

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Less than a week after the last update Microsoft Bing team has today released another minor update to the Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 devices. This version of the app brings support for Windows Phone 8.1, including a transparent live tile.
  • Bing Ads Is Getting A Slick New Look That Will Feel Familiar

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Bing is unveiling a new look that will start showing up in the web interface next week. The new design makes trend graphs immediately visible, has simplified navigation and generally looks a lot like Google AdWords. That’s by design, of course.
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  • Yammer co-founder David Sacks leaves Microsoft

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    David Sacks, co-founder of business social-networking company Yammer, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012, is leaving Microsoft. Sacks tweeted today: https://twitter.com/DavidSacks/status/492383928745861120 Microsoft sent a statement, saying: We thank David for his commitment to Yammer and Microsoft and wish him the best in his future endeavors. Yammer has grown tremendously since the acquisition in 2012, and is now an integral part of Office 365 and used by more than 500,000 organizations. As part of our long-term plan, David has played an instrumental role over the past two years in…
  • Microsoft beats on revenue, misses on profit in fourth quarter results

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for revenue but fell short in earnings per share in its fiscal fourth quarter earnings, reported today. For the quarter ended June 30, Microsoft reported revenue of $23.38 billion, profit (net income) of $4.61 billion and earnings per share of 55 cents. Analysts were expecting Microsoft to report for the quarter revenue of $23.01 billion with earnings per share of 60 cents and profit of $5.04 billion, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts. For the year-ago quarter, Microsoft posted revenue of $19.9 billion with earnings per share of 59 cents and…
  • Microsoft imposes new rules on contract workers, requiring 6-month break from access

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Corrected version Microsoft is imposing new restrictions on those who work for the company through vendors and temp agencies. The new rules limit those workers to 18 months of access to Microsoft buildings and corporate networks, after which they will be required to take a 6-month break from access. The move could affect tens of thousands of contractors who work at Microsoft in various roles from software development to content provision. (Microsoft has always declined to say how many such "external staff" it uses.) The move also comes at a time when Microsoft is laying off 18,000 of its…
 
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  • The Microsoft built Windows Phone era is about to begin – can it save Windows Phone?

    Kip Kniskern
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    This has been an interesting year so far for Windows Phone. In some ways, it’s been quite disappointing, as Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem has failed to gain ground in the marketplace (enough so that Microsoft executives are now talking about “making the market” for Windows Phone), and no new hero devices have been released to spark any meaningful interest against a tidal wave of Apple and Android love. In other ways, however, it has already been a monumental year for Windows Phone, even without new flagship devices. Microsoft finished its acquisition of Nokia’s…
  • One OS or three, Windows still doesn’t add up

    Kip Kniskern
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Microsoft released its 4th quarter earnings yesterday, and despite a big hit from the Nokia acquisition, the news was generally good. Microsoft’s cloud services (Azure, Office 365, and the like) are starting to take off, traditional server side businesses (SQL Server, Hyper-V, etc.) continue to do well, and Microsoft as an enterprise company continues to be healthy. The news isn’t all bad on the consumer side of the equation, either, despite the hit taken due to the acquisition of Nokia. Bing continues to gain share (although mostly at the expense of Yahoo!), and according to…
  • Xbox an entertainment platform? So much for that idea

    Kip Kniskern
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    More fallout from Microsoft layoffs announcements came later in the day yesterday, this time with the news that Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) would be closing. The Studios, headed by ex-CBS exec Nancy Tellem, who was hired in September 2012 to help to help to “expand the Xbox platform beyond games”. In Microsoft’s press release announcing her hiring, she laid out the plans for Xbox as a consumer entertainment hub: “I am excited to be a part of the continued evolution of Xbox from a gaming console to the hub of every household’s entertainment experience,”…
  • Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs this year, realigning phones business – is it enough?

    Kip Kniskern
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Today, as expected, Microsoft announced significant job cuts as it moves into the new fiscal year and continues to integrate Nokia’s phones businesses into the company. The majority of those cuts, some 12,000 over the next 12 months (with 13,000 total cuts coming almost immediately, and the other 6,000 spread out over the next year), will come out of Nokia, or at least will eliminate jobs that have become redundant due to the Nokia acquisition. The job cuts are part of a systemic re-alignment of the Nokia phones businesses as they integrate into Microsoft. Both Satya Nadella and Stephen…
  • The coming Microsoft job cuts: more than just numbers

    Kip Kniskern
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    According to a news report coming out of Bloomberg, Microsoft could be announcing its most significant job cuts since 2009, and that announcement could be coming as soon as this week. Although the cuts are widely expected to focus on trimming the fat after the Nokia acquisition, with some 1,000 job cuts expected in Finland, the announcements, when they come, could shed some light on new CEO Satya Nadella’s plans for the future of the company. Back in 2009, when Steve Ballmer announced cuts of some 5,000 workers (the final tally was closer to 5,800), Microsoft took the opportunity to…
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  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on September 23

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on September 23

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on Sept. 23

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    [Reuters] - Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on Sept. 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third-biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year. Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Xbox group, announced the launch date at an event in Shanghai. In the United States, the Xbox One with Kinect costs $499 and without it is $399, a difference of more than $200 compared with the respective prices in China.
  • Microsoft Xbox One to launch in China on Sept. 23

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    [Reuters] - Microsoft Corp will launch its Xbox One gaming console in China on Sept. 23, making it the first foreign company to start selling consoles in the world's third-biggest gaming market after a ban on the devices was lifted this year. Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Xbox group, announced the launch date at an event in Shanghai. In the United States, the Xbox One with Kinect costs $499 and without it is $399, a difference of more than $200 compared with the respective prices in China.
  • [video] How Microsoft Uses the Cloud to Beat the Feds

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    [at Bloomberg] - July 30 (Bloomberg) -- In today's "Morning Must Read," Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson recaps the op-ed pieces and analyst notes providing insight behind today's headlines on "Bloomberg Surveillance.”...
 
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  • Microsoft. Saves You Time

    Craig Bailey
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I’d love that as a new tagline. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of the analysis of Satya’s memo. In addition to the ones I mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve found these to be particularly interesting: this, this and this. There seems to be three main areas people are focussing on: It’s wordy and bloated There’s going to be job cuts Oh, and we’re not selling Xbox I’m only interested in the first point, since it was the main reaction I had as well. There’s so much talk of experiences and productivity and empowerment, that it quickly…
  • Google Fucktardery

    Craig Bailey
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The always awesome Aaron Wall lets loose with another blistering rebuke of Google’s regular business practices. When Google complains about censorship, they are not really complaining about what may be, but what already is. Their only problem is the idea that someone other than themselves should have any input in the process. Definitely worth a read. It’s a tricky area for me, since in large part I make my living dealing with both the good and bad of Google. The pendulum swings both ways of course, but in recent years they’ve swung firmly into evil territory. The post…
  • Feels

    Craig Bailey
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Why is that stories like the following really get to me: This Story Of A Dog’s Last Day On Earth Is Beautiful And Utterly Heartbreaking Photoshop Request: My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo? The Battle We Didn’t Choose but the savagery, cruelty and tragedy contained in the paper every day have no effect? The post Feels appeared first on Craig Bailey.
  • What does ‘mobile first, cloud first’ even mean?

    Craig Bailey
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Satya Nadella’s staff memo is good reading. Joshua Topolsky’s brief interview on  The Verge is also good. And opinion pieces like this also raise some good questions. If (like me) you’ve been a little disillusioned with Microsoft over the past few years, then it’s heartening to read, since it gives confidence into how Microsoft is improving focus and internal processes. But one thing that’s clear is that there’s no escaping the ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’ mantra. The line is reasonable of course, but the issue with hammering the phrase…
  • Confidence and Smart People

    Craig Bailey
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Read this post by apenwarr on The Curse of Smart People. This resonates with what I’ve seen: Smart people have a problem, especially (although not only) when you put them in large groups. That problem is an ability to convincingly rationalize nearly anything. It’s timely for me, because one of the main things I’m looking for in my life at the moment is interaction with RSPs (really smart people). I think most techies suffer from a form of Impostor Syndrome, some more so than others. However, whilst in my fantasy moments I like to think that I lack confidence in my…
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    iThinkDifferent

  • Useful Keyboard Shortcuts and Extensions for Google Chrome

    Haras
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Chances are that you already use Google Chrome as your primary browser due to its snappiness and speed. Over time you probably became aware of the plethora of the neat usability features that Chrome comes with, such as the ability to add extensions, tricks with the omnibar and the infamous incognito mode. However, not all(...)
  • Google Maps Update Brings Offline Maps Lists, Lane Guidance and More to iOS and Android

    Imran Hussain
    6 May 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Google Maps app for iOS and Android has gotten an major update with enhancements to offline maps, navigation, search filters, location sharing, contacts and more. Download now. http://www.newtontips.com/google-maps-3-0-for-ios-and-android-brings-offline-maps-lane-guidance-search-results-filters-and-more/
  • Tumblr iOS App Updated To Lets Users Customize Their Blog

    Imran Hussain
    6 May 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Tumblr’s app for iPhone and iPad now lets users customize their blog form within the app. Users can play around with accents, header images and background color to get the right look that they want. http://www.newtontips.com/tumblr-for-ios-update-lets-users-customize-their-blog-from-the-app/
  • Download Authy App To Access Two-Factor Authentication Tokens From Your Computer

    Imran Hussain
    6 May 2014 | 7:07 am
    Access two-factor authentication tokens from services like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and more by installing Authy. Works on Google Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux http://www.newtontips.com/authy-app-lets-you-access-two-factor-authentication-tokens-from-you-computer/
  • Control Center for Mac Brings iOS 7 Control Center Functionality To OS X

    Imran Hussain
    5 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    Get the iPhone and iPad’s iOS 7 Control Center on Mac OS X by downloading this app. http://www.newtontips.com/control-center-for-mac-replicates-ios-7-control-center-functionality-for-os-x/
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    Webmaster Blog

  • Bing Site Safety Page

    igorrondel
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Malware, and the possibility of infection, is an unfortunate reality facing internet users today. At Bing, we take our job of providing a safe searching experience to our customers very seriously and this anti-malware effort is one of the core elements of the Bing Index Quality charter. We’ve been in this game for many years and have developed comprehensive solutions that minimize user’s risk of infection and maintain the integrity of our index. Inevitably, we get many questions from Webmasters and Bing users about our malware detections and warnings as well as how to clean up and…
  • Usability, Content and Calendars: 3 Areas To Understand And Focus On

    Duane Forrester
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    For every business online come an almost limitless number of areas to learn about, become proficient in and continually work on. Many people end up good in an area because repetition and the “school of hard knocks” teaches them a workable path. And while some areas are no brainers (knowing your product, for example), they still can present legitimate challenges to a business. Areas like Usability often get talked about, but are just as often overlooked, underfunded or skipped entirely for a lack of thorough understanding of the topic. Creating content is a hot topic these days, but the…
  • Filtering Low Quality Links in Bing SERP

    Duane Forrester
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    The internet can often feel like a giant cesspool of low quality, illegal or malicious documents. The mere mention of malware, adware and viruses is enough to send even the most experienced internet surfers running for cover. And yet, these represent just the tip of the iceberg of poor quality documents. Searchers also have to deal with phishing sites, fraudulent sites or sites propagating scams, spammy sites…. Well, you get the picture. On top of this, users are often inundated with non-malicious, but low quality/ low content sites like parked domains, 404s and cheap content farms. To deal…
  • How Does Bing Choose The Title For My Web Page?

    Duane Forrester
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Sometimes, despite a webmaster’s best efforts, Bing may choose to serve a title that is different to the title of a web site or document. Let’s walk through the process to see how Bing selects a title and what you can do to help us select yours. You have probably designed your site to maximize your CTR, you have reviewed best practices and SEO techniques, and you have a plan to maintain relevant and up-to-date content. Your HTML Title is exactly how you want it to be and what you want to show your customer. However, when you search using query terms you have optimized for, Bing shows a…
  • Bing Knowledge Comes to Webmaster Tools

    Vincent Wehren
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    In January we told you about our goal to bring the Power of Bing Knowledge to Webmasters. In April we followed up on that promise and announced Bing Knowledge Widget. For the first time, we empowered every webmaster to use the entity data from the Bing Knowledge repository. Since then, webmasters have added the embed code to thousands of pages to enhance their websites with the rich entity information from the Bing Knowledge system. Integration with Webmaster Tools Today, we are taking the next step and are making it even easier for webmasters to put Bing Knowledge to work on their sites by…
 
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    The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

  • German MVPs Host SQL Saturday and Hackathon

    MVP Award Program
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Nearly 300 MVPs, technology enthusiasts and SQL fans joined forces in Germany to participate in a hackathon and SQL Saturday event featuring MVP presenters.  The two-day event was organized by SQL Server MVPs Constantin Klein, Tillmann Eitelberg and Oliver Engels.  We had the chance to catch up with Constantin “Kostja” Klein to get an inside look into the event. What was the inspiration for creating such a unique community event? "Since BIG DATA is a hype-topic, we decided to favor a Hackathon over a regular Pre-Con in order to allow attendees to really get a first,…
  • Why SharePoint on Azure?

    MVP Award Program
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Editor’s note: In partnership with Microsoft Press, now celebrating their 30th year, MVPs have been contributing to an ongoing guest series on their official team blog. Today’s article is from SharePoint MVP Tom Resing which is the43rd in the series.  Why SharePoint on Azure? Last week, at the Worldwide Partner Conference, a new SharePoint Farm option for Azure was announced. The new SharePoint Farm Gallery option from the Azure Portal is now, by far, the easiest way to get started with SharePoint on Azure. Type in a name for the Farm’s Azure Resource Group and…
  • Friday Five - July 18, 2014

    MVP Award Program
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    1. Getting Started with xUnit for Xamarin By Windows Platform Development MVP Oron Novotny 2. Windows boot time, explored in Powershell  By PowerShell MVP Carlo Mancini  3. Day 25: Personalizing Notifications By ASP.NET MVP James Chambers 4. Visual Studio/TFS 2013 Update 3–Release Candidate By Visual Studio ALM MVP Jeff Bramwell  5. OneNote as a Workshop Planning Tool  By One Note MVP Ben Schorr 
  • Better Best Bets with Lists in SharePoint 2013

    MVP Award Program
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Editor’s note: The following post was written by SharePoint MVP Mikael Svenson Best Bets or Promoted results is a great way to give end-users the answer to their search query without the additional click to open a page or document to locate the precise information they were looking for. Bing and other search engines already have many examples of this if you for instance look for weather information or currency conversion.   Out of the box approach Out of the box in SharePoint Online/2013 you can set up this type of functionality using Query Rules. But, there are some…
  • Friday Five - July 11, 2014

    MVP Award Program
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    1. Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2           By Cluster MVP Dave Bermingham 2. DirectAccess IP-HTTPS Null Encryption and SSTP VPN            By Enterprise Security MVP Richard Hicks 3. Composing API Responses for Maximum Reuse with ASP.NET Web API           By Microsoft Integration MVP Darrel Miller  4. Why is my HNV gateway not working?           By Exchange Server MVP Bhargav Shukla …
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    DHA Today

  • S5 Café Siblings – Ultimate Fine Dining Experience!

    DHA Today
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    A true foodie would know very well that there can never be enough of good food. Each time there is something new to experience; it could be a new cuisine or a new cooking technique. The world of food is endless when it comes to options which are available, it can begin with something as […]
  • Chairman Mao – The Specialists!

    DHA Today
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Pakistanis are extreme foodies and they share their love of food wherever they go around the globe – it is this love for food which often helps bridge the gaps between the various cultures. The new member in a neighborhood are often welcomed with a home cooked meal representing the authentic cooking style of their […]
  • There is No Way Like Broadway – Perfect Pizza Showdown!

    DHA Today
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Nearly a decade ago or more, Pakistan became host to a few known international fast food franchises- for the people here it was the leap of a millennium to see the famous fast food chains in their cities. The response from the people was over whelming- quite a few knew about the international food chains […]
  • Eid-ul-Fitr 2014 Prayer Timings in DHA Karachi & Clifton

    DHA Today
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The following are the timings of Eid-ul-Fitr prayers to be observed in various mosques in DHA Karachi and Clifton: 7:00 am – Sultan Masjid, Khayaban-e-Bahria, DHA. 7:30 am – Tooba Masjid, Korangi Road, Phase 2, DHA. 7:30 am – Masjid-e-Zubair, Khayaban-e-Aziz, Bhatti Shaheed, Phase 7 Extension, DHA. 7:45 am – Masjid-e-Mustafa, Phase 1, Near DHA […]
  • Eid Cakes 2014 from ‘Delizia’

    DHA Today
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Delizia is a new bakery on the block which has certainly set the bar really high, given the prime quality imported ingredients. Every cake at Delizia is made from scratch from the highest quality of procured imported ingredients- the result is glossy rich decadent cakes. Address: 27-E, Shahbaz Commercial Area, Main Khayaban-e-Sehar, Phase VI, DHA […]
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    Business-Inspired Technology Solutions - The Aptera Blog

  • The Corner View: SharePoint User Adoption

    Jen Booth
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In this edition of The Corner View, SharePoint Architect Scott Walsh talks about why user adoption is such an important consideration when working with SharePoint. He then goes into some general principles to follow to ensure workers make the most of SharePoint solutions. User adoption is critical to getting the most out of SharePoint's potential as a productivity and collaboration tool. Without getting input from end users and involving them in the planning stages, you risk having them view the platform as more of an added burden than a helpful tool. But by focusing on how workers will…
  • Using TFS Power Tools and Workspaces to Create Changeset-Based Deployment Packages

    David Federspiel
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    So you’ve just checked a 150+ file changeset into TFS and have less than 45 minutes to deploy the updates without overwriting anything that wasn’t changed, and the 3GB solution won’t feasibly make it over a slow pipe in time… #!*aahhrrggh@! Ideally, we will have a publishing profile within Visual Studio to ease our lives over deployment, but some situations call for the old Zip and FTP approach, or whatever has been handed down by the powers that be, and those can be slightly grating when trying to make iterative deployments to a disjointed server.  Having gone through several…
  • What Can OneDrive for Business Do for My Company?

    Dennis Junk
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    First, let’s make sure we’re up to speed with what OneDrive is. The old model for file sharing had people saving documents on the C-drive of their PCs, usually in that folder called My Documents we all recognize. If you wanted to share the file with another person, you just attached it to an email. If you needed to share it with several people, you sent several emails. From the perspective of businesses, that model had some serious drawbacks. For one, if you needed to have three people read and edit a document, like a business proposal for instance, you could send it to all three of…
  • Aptera Takes Home "Best Overall Blog" Award

    Aaron Eisberg
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Normally, we spend most of our word count talking about how great the technology we work with is, how awesome our clients are, or the amazing things our developers come up with. Every now and then, though, we take some time to toot our own horn. This is one of those times. Aptera is excited to announce we were awarded “Best Overall Blog” in the 2014 Digital Marketing Awards from Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and KPC Media Group. We’re delighted to be recognized alongside other great companies like Peg Perego, Visit Fort Wayne, and the Fort Wayne International Airport, and we’d…
  • Technology Digest: Week ending 7/25/2014

    Jen Booth
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, Programming, Azure, Lync, OneDrive, and SharePoint.  What’s the Difference between OneDrive and SharePoint? - OneDrive began as cloud storage, but now it has a lot of collaboration tools. Has OneDrive started to move into SharePoint's territory? Programming Languages and Taco Bell: Same Features, New Combinations. - There are a ton of new programming languages but where are the truly new features? Aptera's Eric Potter looks at the combinations…
 
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation

    Nuts & Bolts
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Most people have heard of and used PowerPoint animations in their presentations. However, here at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, we almost never use the ready-made animations found in the Insert tab. Why? Because animations don’t show up when you print your deck, and more often than not, they’re distracting. Instead, we create our own […] The post Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    PowerPoint is a massive program with lots of capabilities built in, and there will always be things that not everyone knows about. Here are 4 awesome tricks we’ve found that 99% of people don’t know they can do in PowerPoint: #1: Break a table #2: Break SmartArt #3: Break up a list of bullets #4: […] The post 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity

    Taylor Croonquist
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Has your train of thought ever been derailed by something so simple as inserting a symbol? Here’s what happened to me. I was smack in the middle of writing a great pitch and building an awesome PowerPoint presentation. My creative engine was at full throttle, when suddenly everything ground to a screeching halt…I needed to […] The post How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers

    Nuts & Bolts
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is Part 3 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! Have you ever looked at a PowerPoint slide and had NO IDEA what the point of the slide was? Or even worse, maybe […] The post Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    6 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This is Part 2 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! “Most of the clients for whom I work WANT bullets in PowerPoint and, in fact, the delivery of the type of information they […] The post Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
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    The Outlookers

  • OneNote gets updated for iOS & OS X users

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Those past few years, Microsoft have really gone after Evernote and keep updating their OneNote client on a regular basis. This time the note-taking software is being updated for Apple users From The Office Blog: We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac, OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone. Building on our recent updates in May, these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at work or school. Addressing customers top requests, we added several new features in this release including the ability to: Access your work…
  • Outlook.com updated with server-side search & alias support on Android

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:01 pm
    While we are all waiting for Outlook.com to be updated with those new advanced filtering rules presented more than two months ago, Microsoft have published an update for their Outlook.com client on Android. This application have several new features, and more precisely : - Server-side search for easy access to all email, not just the ones synced to your phone - Unlimited sync of all email history for full off-line access - Capability to send emails from Outlook.com aliases - Eight new colors to customize the app interface - Ability to set and manage vacation replies - Traditional Chinese…
  • How to make the perfect newsletter for Outlook.com

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    If Outlook.com offers plenty of features for the end user, the service has some limits when it comes to handling properly rich email messages. By this I mean HTML+CSS designed newsletters. EmailonAcid.com has some good tips for people who would like to craft a newsletter and make it compatible with Outlook.com in any browsers. Here are the shortcomings of Outlook.com that you may need to take care of : 1. Emails in Outlook.com aren’t centered by default.2. Margins aren’t supported in Outlook.com.3. Outlook.com makes headers green by default.4. RGB borders aren’t…
  • Cheat Sheet : Excel Online Shortcuts

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Time for a new cheat sheet. We previously reviewed the keyboard shortcuts for Outlouk.com and Word Online . Let’s now learn more about Excel Online shortcuts. Those shortcuts will be useful to quickly perform actions when : working with worksheets, moving and scrolling within worksheets, entering data, editing data within a cell, working with objects, selecting cells, rows and columns, and objects, formating cells, refreshing external data or moving within a selected range. Get the Excel Online Cheat Sheet (PDF)
  • OneNote comes to Kindle Fire tablets and to the Fire Phone

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    After announcing that Skype will be directly preloaded right onto Amazon’s Fire Phone, Microsoft just announced that their OneNote app will also be compatible. From the OneNote blog: Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go.OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up.We’re excited that…
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